Birds, small exotic mammals (rabbits, rodents, ferrets, sugar gliders, and hedgehogs), amphibians, and reptiles are unique in their diets, habitats, living requirements, and resistance to showing signs of illness and pain until they are gravely ill. Since many of these animals are prey species, showing any signs of weakness may make them more susceptible to predators. For this reason, even very subtle changes in the pet’s behavior, appetite, or appearance usually indicates a serious illness that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Due to the ‘unique metabolism’ of the majority of these animals, it is often necessary to quickly and effectively provide nutritional support, heat, and oxygen, in addition to diagnostic testing and treatments to be able to stabilize the patient. Animal Emergency Medial Center employs several chambers that regulate temperature and oxygen levels, as well as a larger chamber that also regulates humidity and is adequate to comfortably hospitalize a five foot green iguana.
All AEMC staff has the additional specialized training to give these distinctive pets the proper medical attention and care. AEMC is one of the few emergency and critical care veterinary facilities that offer 24 hour veterinary services to avian and exotic patients.
Dr. Ann Murata works exclusively in avian and exotic medicine at AEMC, and is available by appointment on Tuesday,Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. Additionally, she regularly consults with our staff veterinarians concerning hospitalized exotic patients. As a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Dr. Murata is involved with the latest medical and surgical information through ongoing continuing education.
House Rabbit Society
Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
Medical and Care Guide for Guinea Pigs
Herp and Green Iguana Information Collection
World Chelonia Trust-Conservation and Care
AEMC will treat avian and exotic patients 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year.
Avian and Exotics Veterinarian at Animal Emergency Medical Center:
Ann Murata, DVM
Dr. Murata’s Availability:
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 AM to 12 Noon
Please call (310) 325 3000 to schedule appointments outside Dr. Murata's regular hours and to obtain additional information.